Shutdown ESXi cli
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Log in to the ESX service console and perform one of these steps from the service console to shut down or reboot ESX 4.x hosts: Run the shutdown –r now command to reboot the system. Note: This command shuts down the virtual machines running on the ESX 4.0 hosts. Run the reboot command to reboot the system. Run the poweroff command to shut down ESX. After the shutdown, a message indicates that it is safe to power off your system. Press the power button until the machine powers off. You can then manually reboot the system.
See also Manage ESXi VM Processes with CLI